Hello Dear Reader
1 – Chicken Gristle Finder
In my youth I worked for eight dreadful hours in a chicken processing factory, to quote the film chicken run it really was “Chickens in Pies Out.” I worked between the chicken roasting machine and the chicken bits processing.
My job was to find the bits of gristle, bone and fat left on the chicken meat after it had been stripped from the caucus, The chicken arrived to my station in large plastic crates, hot having just come from the roasting machine. I had to rummage through these plastic crates and feel with my fingers for any bones, gristle etc.
Now to start this was not to bad as the chicken was hot but as the shift went on and breaks were taken etc. the crates kept coming so the chicken cooled and the fat congealed and the smell got to you, it was Nasty. my supervisor even said not to wear gloves as you would not feel the bits of bone as well. EWWWWWW
2 – Burn Baby Burn
Ok maybe a little early in my life to be talking about this but still, the reason behind wanting to be cremated is because I have this odd fear that I won’t be really dead and I will wake up in the coffin buried under ground with a worm looking at me licking his lips (not that worms have lips but still). Ok I guess that waking up engulfed by fire wouldn’t be and better but at least it would be over quickly.
Either way to my wife and Brother if you read this make sure I am dead.
3 – Tickle me Here
I am only ticklish on the soles of my feet, I am really no sure why but normal tickling spots like under the arms etc are not ticklish only the soles of my feet. so if you can get past the smell then that is your point of attack
4 – Skinny Dipping
In 1998 I went to the USA as a member of the international camp staff programme at BSA Camp long Lake in Wisconsin. I had a great time and would recommend it to anyone over the age of 18 (details here). Of and evening the staff would walk over the the bar that was just outside the Camp gate to play pool, darts and eat pizza. When the bar closed about 23:00 it was customary for myself and friends to head down to the swimming area and have a swim to cool off before bed. This actually meant swimming out to the diving pontoon and smoking and talking S**t. On more than on occasion we would get down to the swimming area and realise that we had forgotten the key to the lock up were the our swimming kit was kept so there was nothing for it but to swim out naked.
I remember one time watching a magnificent thunder and lightning storm sat on the pontoon. When suddenly this bolt crashed to earth at the end of the lake. The three of us sat on the pontoon looked at each other we and expression of we know exactly where that hit the ground. It is quite a realisation when you naked on a wooden pontoon in the middle of a lake, thinking if the next bolt does not hit the lake we need to swim for the shore.
5 – Family
I am one of three brother and I am the eldest. my middle brother has Angelman Syndrome, this is a neuro-genetic disorder characterized by intellectual and developmental delay, sleep disturbance, seizures, jerky movements (especially hand-flapping), frequent laughter or smiling, and usually a happy demeanor.
AS is a classic example of genomic imprinting in that it is usually caused by deletion or inactivation of genes on the maternally inherited chromosome 15 while the paternal copy, which may be of normal sequence, is imprinted and therefore silenced. The sister syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, is caused by a similar loss of paternally-inherited genes and maternal imprinting. AS is named after a British pediatrician, Dr. Harry Angelman, who first described the syndrome in 1965. An older, alternative term for AS, happy puppet syndrome, is generally considered pejorative and stigmatizing so it is no longer the accepted term, though it is sometimes still used as an informal term of diagnosis. People with AS are sometimes known as “angels”, both because of the syndrome’s name and because of their youthful, happy appearance.
That being said Gareth still managed to be a cub and now lives a full life in supported house with other adults with learning difficulties. Having Gareth in my life has given me the confidence and opportunity to work with some wonderful young people from the age of 16 I use to work on a summer support scheme for young people with learning difficulties and made the service section of me Queens Scout very easy to do.
If you are ever looking for a good charity to support I can highly recommend ASSERT they even have some lovely “No Angle T-Shirts”
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